The Layers of Hell
Inferno is the first part of Dante’s 14th-century epic poem (Divine Comedy), Depicting his travels through the nine layers of hell, also being narrated by himself. It is proceed by “Purgatorio and Paradiso”. In the poem, Hell is depicted as nine circles of suffering located within the Earth. Allegorically, the Divine Comedy represents the journey of the soul toward God, with the Inferno describing the recognition and rejection of sin.
I’ve currently had this book in my possession for over the past three years constantly picking up and placing it back down again, as to some it might be something hard to read, “Dante” himself has had major cultural influences on literature through the ages, one being “Shakespeare”.
Having already read “Paradise Lost” by John Milton, which proceeded “Inferno” by over three hundred years, “Milton” definitely took many of his influences from Dante’s work alongside other major writers and poets of the time, If you’re interested in Inferno, i would definitely recommend “Paradise Lost”, depicting the angel Lucifer’s fall from grace and consequently becoming the devil.
Reading Poetry and literature like this helps give me an understanding of where my upcoming Novel “The Seven Circles”, takes form, and its many Cultural influences which will become apparent once the book has been read.
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